We formed The Missing Links and played at Chadderton Youth Club in the sixties.
We had a massive fan club organised by our Manager, Jimmy Print. He had a printing company and he put our Photo on 5,000 T-Shirts all of which we sold at gigs. I'd like to know does anyone still have a Missing Links T -SHIRT ?
Pete Brown, our songwriter, married Anna Bergman, she was a daughter of Ingmar Bergman the Film Director. He'd wake up and find a short note saying "See you soon, Honey, had to nip off to Hollywood, Filming for a while" Funny eh?. Pete wrote some great songs for Trev Carter to sing.
I once or twice bribed fans to rip Trev's shirt off while he was half way through a number. We all enjoyed that. The group played at Oldham's first outdoor concert in Alexandra Park and it didn't rain.
My first group was with Pete Mclaine as The Drovers, later The Four Teens.
The Missing Links were on the bill with The Kinks at The Empire on Sunday 25th October 1964 and on Sunday 8th Nov; with The Swinging Blue Jeans. Centre Circle 7/6d , Good Value. More Later Thanks.
Circa 1964. L:R Pete Brown, Roly Charnock, Tony Gardner and Trev Carter.
The Missing Links T-Shirt
I remember seeing the Missing Links with the Kinks at the Empire. I was 14 and my dad knew the stage manager so I got to watch the show from the wings. It was fantastic. About three years later I bought my first Gibson guitar off one of the guitarists in the Missing Links. I can't remember the guys name but I think he lived on Mough Lane, Chadderton. It was a cherry SG and my dad paid £65 for it sometime around 1967. It would be worth a pretty penny today if our roadie hadn't dropped it and snapped the neck off!!!!
Hi Alan, thanks for the info; on the GibsonS.G. I bought it from Stock & Chapman, Oxford St; M/c and paid 160 Guineas for it. I loved that guitar to BITS!!! Nasty Roadie!! I couldn't remember where it ever went to. It was Kirby Ave; near Mough Lane where you and your Dad came to to buy it.
For years I sang and played as Leroy and Linda with Maureen my lovely wife. We were pro from '68 to '83. We eventually opened a guitar shop in Portsmouth Hants, P Js Guitar Store until' 2004 when we sold it.
We now play again as "The Cash Collection" with a 3 man Band. Trevor Fry on pedal steel and Telecaster, Nobby Glover on drums and the brilliant Tom Kent playing bass (look Tom up on Youtube) The Missing Links years were great playing alongside Top Bands. In the book "The Man Who Said No To The Beatles" by Pete Maclain of The Dakotas, and of the Clan, are pictures of my younger days with Pete and The Drovers.Then later, as The 4Teens, we made one record at Johnny Roadhouse Music Shop on Oxford St; M/c
Hi Alan, I always wondered what became of my GIBSON S.G. Now I know !!! Sorry to hear of the accident it had, hope you got over it ok.
Dated Peter Brown through Hollings College. Can remember some good times at the pub in Oldham, he ditched me for a film star !!!! UHMM!!! Great to see your web page I was reminiscing here in Canada.
Hi It's Pete Walker again. Canada eh? yeah Pete Brown dated you, did you get a Missing Links T-Shirt; (I bet you did; Lucky Girl).
We all loved that Group, we had some good fun (fun? In Oldham!!!)yeah it's amazing to look back to all those years ago. Pete #And all the boys from the band.
Still waiting for my missing links t shirt. Where are the rest of the links these days?
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course I remember u... I sed ur my favourite bassist . I'm OK 70 this year with COPD... nothing to do with smoking for 56 years of course we will have to meet up one day... I knew Roly died it was years ago
Was Tony Gardner in the Missing Links and did he leave to join the Go. GO. a Chadderton based group who featured Rob Walker on Lead guitar Roland Charnock on drums and Jimmy Litherland rhyme.Jimmy later decamped to London and work with Lep ... Read More
Was Tony Gardner in the Missing Links and did he leave to join the Go. GO. a Chadderton based group who featured Rob Walker on Lead guitar Roland Charnock on drums and Jimmy Litherland rhyme.Jimmy later decamped to London and work with Lep Sayer.Tony Gardner lives in Heywood I'm afraid Roland Charnock passed away about 5 years ago and Rob Walker still resides in total obsurity in Chadderton.
Forgot to mention Jack Stott the vocalist with the Go Go.He now lives in Moorside Oldham.Roly the young drummer who Pete Walker refers to in a previous comment is of course Roland Charnock who passed away about 5 years ago.
Hi' The Missing Links were busy in the 60s playing all over the North West. Pete Brown was the Heart Throb of the Group and he married Anna Bergmann a Swedish Film Star. I bet Pete still thinks of YOU, Pat;
Hi to the group. "Missing Links" I've got a photo of us all in our Famous Missing Links T Shirts. I opened a guitar shop in Portsmouth 1993. It became very popular. We sold it in 2002 to the Management in a "Buy Out"
I remember the Missing Links playing at The Empire with the Kinks and all their fans were crossing out The Kinks and putting Links we used to go and watch them practice over the butchers in the oldham arcade on Saturday mornings and then watch them ... Read More
I remember the Missing Links playing at The Empire with the Kinks and all their fans were crossing out The Kinks and putting Links we used to go and watch them practice over the butchers in the oldham arcade on Saturday mornings and then watch them at the Astoria on Saturday afternoon i had lots of girlfriends because they wanted me to get some of my brother Trevors hair as he was the singer we all wore missing links tshirts and was in the fan club I thought Pete Brown was a god but got on well with all members of the group they all treated me like their little sister Its such a shame that Roly died young he had great sense of humour as I remember It has been great reminiscing and looking at all the comments thank you Linda Jackson